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Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Takes Down Denver, 19-14, at SF Lacrosse Classic

Harvard scored eight unanswered goals in teh first half to take a 9-3 lead at the half (Peyton Williams/BAYS Foundation).

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Ryan Stevens and Daniel Eipp had hat tricks, while goalie Harry Krieger made four saves in more than 45 minutes of action to lead the Harvard men's lacrosse team to a 19-14 exhibition victory over Denver before 3,500 fans at the San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic Saturday evening.

Jeff Cohen scored two goals and handed out an assist, while Carl Zimmerman, Matt Scalise and Alex White also knotched two goals apiece in the victory. Keegan Michel grabbed a team-high seven ground balls and won 9-of-13 faceoffs for the Crimson.

After falling behind, 3-1, early on, the Crimson tallied eight unanswered goals in the first half and held a 9-3 edge at halftime. During the 8-0 run, Stevens scored on a man-up opportunity, while Zimmernan netted both of his goals in the game as Harvard broke the game wide open.

In the second half, the Pioneers earned the first two goals, but Harvard responded with a six-goal run, led by Stevens and Eipp who each scored twice, including another man-up tally by Stevens. As the game moved to the fourth, the Crimson offense continued its stellar play, as Scalise scored twice, and Harvard led by as much as 11 goals, 19-8, with 4:45 remaining in regulation.

Harvard led, 19-10, after four quarters, but then the two teams played a short overtime period. Denver netted all four goals in the extra session, as the Crimson earned the 19-14 victory.

The Crimson outshot the Pioneers, 55-42, including 15-3 in the second quarter. Harvard also led in ground balls, 38-33, and faceoffs, 22-14. The Crimson went 2-of-4 on man-up chances and was a perfect 18-of-18 on clear attempts.